Game over? Dying to talk about death and life

Talking about death is a difficult topic. At these times of uncertainty and unrest, social scientists at the University and elsewhere are contemplating ways of supporting community healing in positive and sensitive ways.

To this end, the Institute of Education and Museum of English Rural Life (MERL) will be opening their doors to the public for a celebration of life and remembrance. Join us to discuss multicultural perspectives on commemorating the dead and celebrate life through a carousel of innovative, creative and interactive workshops with art, music and digital technologies.

We hope that this event will provide a platform for our community to come together, celebrate distinctiveness and share similarities through remembering their dead loved ones, and share cultural traditions around commemorating the dead in urban and rural areas and reflect about the significance of such traditions.

This event is an opportunity for the young people participating to find out more about traditions around celebrating life and mortality.

We present the event as an immersive experience at three levels:

  • Level 1 (un-scary) – aimed at younger audiences. Celebrating life and reflecting on oral histories about death; exploring ideas around social death through workshops and crafts
  • Level 2 (moderately scary) – discussing the idea of ‘good death’ in urban and rural settings through workshops, stories and digital workshops.
  • Level 3 (quite scary) – exploring ideas around after-death and digital rights; what research around terminally ill patients teaches us about ‘good death’.


Location: Reading
Date: 10 November 2017
Time: 15:00 – 20:00

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